Marjane Satrapi

Graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi was born in Iran in 1969, left for Vienna as a teenager, and currently lives and works in France. The artist’s best-known work, Persepolis, tells the story of Satrapi’s challenging youth in Iran and her experiences living through the Iranian Revolution and the war with Iraq. These five pages show three stories where the veil plays an important symbolic role in Satrapi’s life: as a little girl in Iran for whom the veil is truly strange, a teenager in Vienna where it represents a lost connection to her cultural heritage, and a young woman upon her return to Tehran.


Persepolis, 2003
Courtesy the artist and
Random House Pantheon books

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